“There have been more than one million free and chargeable applications at Google Play, with two billion downloads a day on average from about 190 countries. Google paid a total of US$5 billion to developers of Google Play applications during June 2013-June 2014.”Remember when folks were telling us that GNU/Linux wouldn’t fly because it lacked applications? Consider Android/Linux. It had zero applications a while back but now it’s on fire. 2 billion applications downloaded a day. Amazing.
GNU/Linux has fewer applications but it’s still growing. Even when “share of page-views” was stuck at <1% (according to StatCounter) for several years, GNU/Linux was growing because the number of PCs was growing. Now that shipments of legacy PCs have stopped growing GNU/Linux PC-shipments continue to grow and faster than ever…
It’s just a guess what the cause is, but I expect it’s some combination of disgust with M$ and M$’s products and the ability of consumers to buy small cheap computers running GNU/Linux. It’s all good.